As my clown teacher used to say, "What does not get expressed will become impressed," so I make things. Sometimes I collaborate with people, sometimes I go it solo. Want to work together? Drop me a line!
I write because I love to read. Current obsessions include: Caca Dolce, The Crane Wife, Abandon Me, I Am I Am I Am, Dear Mr. You, and Circe. I'm currently working on a collection of personal narrative essays entitled Clown.
"Afternoons", Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
"Artist", Salt Hill Journal
"The Astronaut", Pigeon Pages*
*Forthcoming spring 2021
I tell personal narrative stories about my dad (hey Van Vorhis!), clowning adventures (what's up, Petunia!), ill-fated artistic retreats, failed auditions, and other misadventures I've both fostered and endured on my creative journey.
Where I've told:
Cabaret on the Lake
Truth Be Told
This Much Is True
Truth or Lie
Was The Word
Is This a Thing?
Witching Hour Festival
Under the Gun Theater
The Bucket Show
Do Not Submit
I fell in love with acting when I saw Kate Eifrig in Heather Raffo's 9 Parts of Desire, but reading Maria Irene Fornes' Mud made me want to direct, and basically anything by Sarah Ruhl made me want to write. Who says you have to choose?
Map of my Kingdom, Angela Martin, Swander Woman Productions
Are You There, George?, Natalie/Writer/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee
Out of Bounds, Dani, Working Group Theatre
Finder's Daughter, Jitka, Working Group Theatre
"Are You There, George?" was named #1 Newbie of MN Fringe by vita.mn arts and culture magazine
Sexpert Franzen (short), Lead/Writer/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee
These Hopeless Savages (feature), Featured//Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee and Sean Lewis
Sad Dad (web series), Lead/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee and Sean Lewis
Where are you? (short), Lead/Producer, Dir. Kaitlyn Busbee
In Luck (web series pilot), Lead, Tiny Pony Pictures Productions
Grow Up (short), Featured, Dir. Ben Handler
Named Best Supporting Actress in These Hopeless Savages by Wild Rose Film Festival (2014)
Sexpert Franzen nominated for Best Short of the Twin Cities Film Fest (2018)
I love teaching and have worked as a drama teacher, storytelling coach, and TimeSlips facilitator throughout the Midwest.
Storytelling workshops include: "Storytelling Seeds: A Generative Workshop" TestKitchen (2019) & Witching Hour Festival (2016), "Storytelling for Advocacy" EverThrive IL Conference (2017, 2018), "Problematic Princesses" WAVES Programming (2016)
I'm a Certified TimeSlips facilitator and worked with seniors with memory loss in Chicago to create original stories using photographs, poetry, music, and movement
I've taught drama to adults and teenagers with developmental disabilities using movement, improvisation, and song to create and stage original productions